Public Safety

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austinites recount police violence during weekend protests, demand cuts to APD budget

The Austin City Council heard from hundreds of people during an emergency meeting Thursday that addressed police violence at weekend protests against the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Mike Ramos in Austin.Council has been holding its meetings remotely,…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Public Health to address health inequity in response to Covid-19

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden told City Council Tuesday that the city needs to address the vast inequities and social determinants of health – things like jobs, housing and health services – that have concentrated Covid-19’s impact upon poor…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas governor warns of out-of-state agitators, but protesters arrested in Austin were from here

Gov. Greg Abbott warned during a press conference Tuesday that people are coming to Texas from outside of the state to protest violently.“Some of the violence that we’re seeing is not being done by people who reside in Dallas or…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public safety departments run modified cadet classes during pandemic

At the Public Safety Commission’s Monday meeting, Austin Police Department, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and Austin Fire Department representatives discussed how cadet classes that were delayed due to Covid-19 (and other issues) will move forward.ATCEMS Chief of Staff Jasper…

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety Commission addresses George Floyd killing

The Public Safety Commission convened Monday afternoon with a lengthy statement by Chair Meghan Hollis, who said she would be “remiss” if she didn’t address the national furor over the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis.She…

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Jo Clifton

APD community engagement audit finds some improvement but data lacking

Although the Austin Police Department has put considerable effort into improving its community policing efforts over the past four years and there have been some positive impacts, an audit by the Office of the City Auditor concluded there was insufficient…

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